El Paso County Commissioners Court decided not to ban fireworks this year, but that means residents in far east El Paso County will have to deal with their yearly headaches of traffic, trash, and terrified pets (thanks Mike for the 3 T's of the Fourth of July).

Commissioners will be addressing those problems because of a letter that was written by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office on behalf of Montana Vista, Americas Estate, and Homestead Meadows residents who say they want to prevent their neighborhoods from being overrun by people partying and setting off fireworks on Independence Day. The residents want Krag Street, just south of the Marvin Lane intersection, and Vista Del Este Road in Montana Vista closed to traffic. They also want Stansbury Drive and Paseo Del Este Boulevard in the Americas Estate neighborhood blocked off, as well as Flagger Road about 2 miles north of Montana and North Krag in the Homestead Meadows neighborhood closed.

The residents say they don't want anyone who doesn't live there to have access to the neighborhoods during the Fourth of July.

If Commissioners Court decides to grant the request, the Sheriff’s Office could close additional roads if they feel it's necessary. The neighborhoods would be blocked off beginning at sunset on Independence Day and open back up at sunrise on July 5.

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